Every Second: The Impact of the Incarceration Crisis on America’s Families

This report from from FWD.us and Cornell UniversityFWD.us shows that approximately one in two adults (approximately 113 million people) has had an immediate family member incarcerated for at least one night in jail or prison. One in seven adults has had an immediate family member incarcerated for at least one year, and one in 34 adults has had an immediate family member spend 10 years or longer in prison. Today, an estimated 6.5 million people have an immediate family member currently incarcerated in jail or prison (1 in 38). This report examines this important but understudied aspect of mass incarceration and provides new estimates on the prevalence—and impact—of family incarceration for parents, siblings, spouses, and children.